It appears the Bruins may not be on the verge of acquiring Florida Panthers forward Nathan Horton, according to a source close to the situation. Reports surfaced this weekend that the Bruins had been closing in on a trade for the former third overall pick, but the Bruins were just one of multiple teams to nearly have a deal with the Panthers. 

 

"They were close, as were a few other teams," the source said of the Bruins' chances of getting Horton. It was unclear where a potential trade stood as of Sunday night.

 

“I hate losing more than I like winning,” may have been the most resonant words to come out of President No. 8’s mouth Wednesday. 

And thus the Neely administration has begun. 



As was expected, the Bruins promoted vice president Cam Neely to president of the organization on Wednesday. Former president Harry Sinden, general manager Peter Chiarelli, and both Jeremy and Charlie Jacobs were on hand for the announcement. 

 

"There are a lot of things we want to accomplish," Neely said of the team's direction with him in charge. "First and foremost s winning the Stanley Cup and I can tell you without question that our ownership is strongly committed to bringing the Stanley Cup back to Boston."

 

BOSTON -- Speaking at Cam Neely's introductory press conference on Wednesday, general manager Peter Chiarelli made assurances that the team will not trade down from the No. 2 spot in next Friday's NHL draft in Los Angeles and will select either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin. 

 

 

“I’m not moving it,” Chiarelli said of the second pick, one of two first-round selections received in the Phil Kessel trade. “We’re going to take one of those two forwards." 

WEEI has confirmed a report that the Bruins, who are set to hold a press conference Wednesday at 2 p.m., will name current vice president Cam Neely president of the club. Neely, who has been a part of the team's front office since September of 2007, had 590 points in 10 seasons with the Bruins. The story was first reported by Comcast SportsNet.

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini told the Edmonton Journal Thursday that he has not received an offer for the first overall pick in this month's NHL draft from Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli.

 

“Last time I talked to Peter was the general managers’ meetings in Philly [between Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup finals]. Peter hasn’t thrown any names at me. No proposals. But I’m all ears,” Tambellini told the paper.

 

Boston fans should consider themselves lucky this time of year.



In a perfect black and gold world, defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was set to recover from a lacerated forearm and return to the Bruins lineup in time for the Stanley Cup Finals. 



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The Bruins announced that they have signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a four-year contract extension. The B's acquired Seidenberg at the trade deadline from the Florida Panthers, playing in 17 games with Boston before suffering a lacerated tendon in his left forearm. ESPN.com reports that the deal is worth $3.25 million annually.

 

As he heads to Boston this weekend, top NHL prospect Taylor Hall is not being shy about his interest in being selected by the Bruins during the NHL draft in Los Angeles on June 25. Speaking with the media in Philadelphia  before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals Friday, Hall was asked about meeting with the B's management. "Boston is a team that's already there, they have a lot of good players on their team, probably an older team," said Hall. "That's a team that's going to contend for the playoffs every year.  That's an exciting opportunity for myself."